Niloo Jalilvand is an Iranian-American artist, mathematician, educator and activist whose creative journey has been multifaceted. Born into a family steeped in artistic heritage, Jalilvand's upbringing was marked by cultural diversity and a nomadic spirit, instilling in her the invaluable ability to adapt seamlessly to new environments.
Jalilvand's work is a profound reflection of her own journey, exploring themes of displacement, identity, memory and the complex tapestry of cultural expression. Her thought-provoking installations, including the notable Displacement series, have captivated audiences by delving into the deep emotional layers of longing for one's homeland and the struggles of reconciling diverse cultural influences.
Jalilvand's artistic endeavors have been exhibited across Texas, including the Dallas Museum of Art, Fort Worth Arts Center, and the Dallas Contemporary, among others. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Texas A&M University at Commerce and an M.F.A. in Art and Technology from The University of Texas at Dallas.
As a dedicated educator, Jalilvand's impact is immeasurable. During her tenure as chair of the mathematics department at the acclaimed Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she pioneered the school's Film and Video Arts program. Her mentorship has nurtured a new generation of talented artists, many of whom have earned recognition at esteemed film festivals and found their places in renowned media companies.
Today, Jalilvand serves as the executive director of the Pegasus Media Project (PMP), a testament to her commitment to supporting emerging artists across various disciplines. PMP stands out for its unwavering dedication to providing free education, invaluable resources, mentorship, exposure and job opportunities to aspiring creatives.
In her latest project, Roses of my Grandmother's Garden, a feature-length documentary, Jalilvand delves into the intricate web of generational trauma, displacement, love, identity and memory. This deeply personal and multi-generational exploration seeks to bridge the gap between the past and present, resonating with diverse audiences and shining a light on the enduring power of storytelling.